Major Elitist Public Arguments in the Western Hemisphere for and against Family Planning and Population Control, According to Political Positiona
In favor Individual human right Anti-abortion Family health & welfare Responsible parenthood
New left Old left Physicians Social workers Young clergy
Opposed Populationism 0 Hedonism-
Slack militants Old clergy
In favor 0 Economic Political-economic
development stability Welfare costs
Opposed Anti-imperialism Revolutionism Coercion Nationalism Abundant labor
Castroites Peking Communists Liberal intellectuals Military Big business
altalics show examples of groups holding stated positions.
western hemisphere. Aside from the zeros, there is no attempt to indicate relative frequencies in each category. In fact, the scales are probably tipped in the favorable direction toward family planning and possibly narrowly so toward population control, though north-south differences would be especially striking here. Leftist opposition to family planning and centrist opposition to population control are especially small (but vociferous) categories.
Although we have provided an example for each category of a group which tends to maintain such a position, there is no suggestion that all members of the group believe or proclaim it or that there are not other groups who do so. Further, as we have seen from our national poll data, attitude toward family planning does not predict attitude toward limiting population growth; therefore, any group should properly be classified twice in the table. For example, Castroites tend to favor family planning and oppose population control, and many economists favor population control and are not interested in family was "increasing much faster than in most parts of the world" (14).